fonds YDFNS - Records of York and District Field Naturalists' Society

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Records of York and District Field Naturalists' Society


  • 1874-1996 (Creation)

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0.18 cubic metres

27 boxes

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Administrative history

The York and District Field Naturalists Society (YDFNS) was founded in 1874 at the house of Mr William Prest in Holgate Road, York. Its inaugural rules stated that the Society was to be managed by a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and a committee of four members who were elected annually. Membership cost one shilling per quarter and meetings were held every month, along with monthly excursions and lectures, and members were encouraged to bring 'specimens of natural history' to meetings for display.

In 1884 the Society was amalgamated with St Thomas's Field Naturalists Scientific Society and by 1905 the group had 97 members.

The YDFNS disbanded in 2002 and its remaining assets were transferred to its affiliate, the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.

Archival history

The records of the York and District Field Naturalists' Society were transferred to the custody of its affiliate, the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS), in 2002. The archive (not including the negatives and glass slides) was then deposited at the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Leeds until 2009 when it was transferred to the Borthwick Institute by the YPS.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was transferred to the Borthwick Institute by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 2009. A further addition was made to the archive by the Society in 2015.

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Scope and content

Includes minute books 1874-1983, including St Thomas' Field Naturalists Society minutes, 1883-1885; receipts and payments account book 1934-1984; field studies of Rawcliffe Ings, Clifton and Moor Plantation, Wiggington Road, York, 1976-78; report books 1894-1996; printed material 1982-1993; glass slides and negatives relating to natural history, including trees, plants, fungi, birds, mammals, insects, molluscs, and portraits of men of science, c.1900-1980, mostly c.1900-c.1939.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Includes glass slides and negatives. Access to audiovisual material may be restricted due to technical requirements, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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This material has not yet been catalogued. A box list is available for consultation, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created 02.11.15




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